THE Queen’s Baton Relay has arrived in Moray.
A large crowd, including members of the public and school children, turned out today (Wednesday) in Keith as the spirit of the Commonwealth Games came to the Moray town.
A total of 10 baton bearers, nominated to perform the role, carried the baton in stages while cheered-on by the hundreds who lined the streets.
The relay will come to nine Moray communities tomorrow (Thursday), starting in Buckie.
It will then be in Rothes and Aberlour on Friday, before heading down to Perthshire.
The full programme is as follows:
Buckie: Thursday, July 3, from 8.50am to 9.36am
The baton will be taken from RAF Lossiemouth in a search and rescue helicopter to Buckie, and winched down onto a lifeboat. The baton will be taken to shore by lifeboat.
A total of 16 baton bearers will carry the baton along Commercial Road, Freuchny Road, East Church Street, Cluny Square, West Church Street, Queen Street, West Cathcart Street and High Street, where it will come to a stop at Parklands Care Home.
Buckie Community Choir will sing a specially commissioned relay song as the baton arrives at the harbour. Local schools will line the streets.
Cullen: Thursday, July 3, from 9.58am-10.30am
Seven baton bearers will carry the baton from Cullen beach along the Cullen seafront, onto Seafield Street, and then onto Bayview Road, before finishing just under the viaduct. Cullen school will line the street on Bayview Road.
Fochabers: Thursday, July 3, from 10.48am-11.20am
Eight baton bearers will carry the baton from Christie’s Garden Centre, along High Street and to the A96 roundabout, after the Speyside Way car park.
There will be a stop at Milne’s Primary School, where the Joyful Noise Choir will sing the relay song. Actor and performer Tam Dean Burn will narrate stories and sing songs with pupils. Milne’s High School students will line the route along High Street.
Mosstodloch: Thursday, July 3, from 12.04pm-12.12pm
Four baton bears will travel along the full length of the B9015 through Mosstodloch. Mosstodloch school will line the route beside the Jet petrol station.
Lhanbryde: Thursday, July 3, from 12.20pm-12.28pm
Four baton bearers will travel the full length of St Andrews Road through Lhanbryde. Lhanbryde school will line the route.
Lossiemouth: Thursday, July 3, from 12.45pm-12.57pm and 1.57pm-2.39pm
The route, including 10 baton bearers, will start from the 30mph zone sign on the B9103, then head onto the A941 and onto Coulardbank Road, before ending on the B9135.
The baton will stop at Lossiemouth High School from 12:57pm–1:57pm. At that time, a schools sports festival will be held.
The baton will then stop at RAF Lossiemouth for 30 minutes from 2:05pm–2:35pm to be involved in a family fun day. RAF Lossiemouth Childcare will line the street along the B9135.
Hopeman/Cummingston: Thursday, July 3, 2.52pm-3.31pm
The route will start on the B9040 entering Hopeman, and the 13 baton bearers will head along East Road, Forsyth Street and onto the B9040 at the end of Cummingston.
Kinloss: Thursday, July, 3.45pm-4.29pm
Six baton bearers will travel from Kinloss Army Barracks along the B9089, and onto B9011 finishing after Kinloss Caravan Park. The baton will stop at Kinloss Army Barracks from 3.45pm-4.15pm.
Forres: Thursday, July 3, 5.11pm-5.51pm
Route to start on Victoria Road, entering Forres from roundabout on A96/Elgin side. Eleven baton bearers will carry baton onto Nairn Road, finishing just after BP station.
Elgin: Thursday, July 3, from 6.16pm-6.45pm
Twelve baton bearers to carry baton along A96 from Wittet Drive junction, down High Street, onto South College Street, Greyfriars Street, North College Street, King Street, and into Cooper Park.
A celebration will be held in Cooper Park from 5pm-8.45pm. It will include taster sessions, sports challenges and exhibition matches. Also included will be Y-Dance performances from local secondary schools, Tam Dean Burn narrating stories and singing songs, the Commonwealth Youth Circus, Glasgow Science Centre Tour Exhibition, The Big Song Relay Choir and Clyde the official Glasgow 2014 mascot.
Rothes: Friday, July 4, from 8.01am-8.09am
Four baton bearers to travel along A941, from roundabout at Glen Grant Distillery to national speed limit sign at Aberlour side of Rothes. A baton breakfast event, delivered by Glasgow 2014, will be held at Seafield Square.
Aberlour: Friday, July 4, from 8.18am-8.29am
Five baton bearers to carry baton on route starting at Walkers Shortbread Factory and travelling along A95 to Aberlour Distillery.
Aberlour Church Choir to sing song in Aberlour Square.